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Former President Bill Clinton gestures to the crowd during a campaign stop in Philadelphia for his wife, Hillary, on the day before the 2016 presidential election. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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James Patterson, together with a cadre of co-writers, consistently produces more than 10 books a year. Forbes estimates that Patterson made $90 million this year alone. Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images for Disney Publishing hide caption

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott rankled the judges of the Prime Minister's Literary Award with a last-minute announcement. Judge Les Murray later called Abbott's pick a "stupid and pretentious book." Stefan Postles/Getty Images hide caption

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Author James Patterson, pictured in 2011 in New York City, says independent bookstores are "vital to our future as a country." Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images for Disney Publishing hide caption

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